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Blu-ray Disc Association to attend this year’s IFA conference in Berlin

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Next week the annual IFA conference will take place in Berlin. IFA is the world’s leading business event for consumer electronics and home appliances products and this year it will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Attracting industry representatives from all over the world, this trade event serves as a global information and business platform, and as you might expect, Victor Matsuda and Graham Heaton from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will be there. There are no formal announcements planned, but if you have any questions for Victor or Graham let us know.

We’ll also be reporting news from the conference as it happens to keep you up to speed on all the latest Blu-ray and IFA news. For more details on the IFA exhibition, please click here.

Universal confirms Get Him to the Greek BD release and features

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Funny man duo Jonah Hill and Russell Brand made Get Him to the Greek a box office smash earlier this year with their outrageous, cross-country capers.  As with any comedy, the outtakes are often as entertaining as the main feature, and the exclusive Blu-ray content set for inclusion is no exception.  These include a karaoke sing along to Aldous Snow’s ridiculous songs, the actual auditions that landed Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari and T.J. Miller their roles and musical performances from The Today Show and VH-1 Storytellers.

In addition, it also allows viewers to stream one of  three classic comedies, Uncle Buck, Dazed and Confused or Life, via BD-Live or a smartphone.

The European release date is to be confirmed, but keep an eye on Amazon for updates.  For more information on Blu-ray Disc special features included, HD Room has the details.

Panasonic debuts new Blu-ray Disc Recorder range

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Panasonic has just revealed two feature-packed Blu-ray Disc Recorders for the UK market.

As well as playing Blu-ray Discs with support for BD-Live, both the DMR-BW880EBK and BW780EBK include tuners to receive high definition television services which can be recorded to a dual-layer Blu-ray Disc. The recorders can also view video or images filmed on a HD camcorder or digital camera (via SD card) and burn them to a Blu-ray Disc.


Upscaling for standard definition DVDs, DLNA server functionality and support for Panasonic’s internet video service Viera Cast complete the package. For more details, click here.

True Blood brings social media to Blu-ray Disc

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[tweetmeme source= “blurayreporter” only_single=false] BD-Live functionality has come a long way since launch, with more and more discs taking advantage of the technology to add interactive features such as MovieIQ and Cinechat. But the latest social media capabilities on True Blood season 2, released on BD this week, have taken it to a whole new level.

Using BD-Live, viewers can link a True Blood live feed directly to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Then, by uploading a picture, fans can literally ‘become one’ with the characters as they watch themselves morph into vampires when viewing episodes. Vampire alter-egos can be uploaded onto Facebook to share with, or, better still, scare friends! Favourite scenes can also be shared simply by pressing a button on the remote when a small icon appears on screen.

To get a feel for the True Blood live feed, Creativity Online is hosting a demo which can be viewed here.

Sony brings World Cup content to Blu-ray Disc players

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Football fans will be hard pushed to leave the sofa this summer with Sony adding FIFA World Cup content to its internet video service on Bravia TVs and Blu-ray Disc players. Previous World Cups can be re-lived with content including the top 20 tournament moments and profiles of legendary players.

Christian Brown, Senior Category Marketing Manager for Home Entertainment at Sony UK, said: “We can make some of the greatest football moments come to life in consumers’ living rooms across Europe at the touch of a button.”

The content will be hosted through the Bravia Internet Video service, which already broadcasts Demand Five, film channel Lovefilm and YouTube, as well as social networking site Facebook.

For more information on the service, click here for more details.

Blu-ray becomes a Green Zone

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War movie fans will be pleased to learn that action thriller Green Zone is due for Blu-ray Disc release on 12th July.  The action thriller, starring Matt Damon as a rogue army officer, keeps the Iraq war firmly on the agenda following the Oscar success of The Hurt Locker.

Set in the early days of the Iraq war, the story sees Damon and his team ordered to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. What is in fact uncovered is an elaborate cover-up, resulting in plenty of drama and action – the perfect mix to be captured in high definition.

Special features include a feature commentary with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the film and the gruelling training programme Matt undertook. Exclusive to the Blu-ray Disc version, viewers can enjoy even more content with BD-Live, which allows users to access content via an internet connected Blu-ray player. Mobile app PocketBlu is also included, letting you, among other things, use your phone as a remote control. Another feature definitely worth trying is U-Control, which allows users to access bonus materials, such as Picture-In-Picture commentary, without leaving the film.

For more details, visit Blu-ray.com.

Blu-ray Disc Academy to showcase advanced BD applications

On 19 May the Blu-ray Disc Academy, founded by Media-Tech and DVD Intelligence, will take place in Frankfurt, Germany. It’s the first dedicated event to showcase the most advanced functions of Blu-ray Disc and BD-Live, and how to make use of them commercially.

The event will focus on the tools and applications that can be used to enhance content on the Blu-ray platform. For example, linking BDs to internet-based social networks, players communicating with other devices via WiFi, on-demand delivery of video, integration with mobile phones and, of course, the new world of 3D.

Speakers and companies showcasing their work include Todd Collart, Senior VP New Media at Deluxe Digital Studios, Sony, authoring solution provider Sonic Solutions, Paris-based authoring facility DVDpartners, California-based BluFocus (the company that oversaw Warner Bros’ biggest BD title to date, The Dark Knight), Czech authoring and post-production house Brickbox Digital Media, authoring solutions supplier Sofatronic, quality assurance leader Testronic and Hamburg-based enteractive, who will present the latest version of its BD-Live Video-on-Demand service ‘Videociety‘.

For more details on the event and to register, visit www.blurayacademy.com.

Sherlock Holmes arrives on Blu-ray with exclusive content

Update: We are now giving away a Blu-Ray Disc every Monday to our blog and Twitter followers. Last week, we gave away the full Lord of the Rings Trilogy on Blu-Ray disc. Today, we are giving away a copy of the superb Sherlock Holmes. To enter, leave a comment to suggest a new, modern day villain for Sherlock Holmes. Take inspiration from current events, perhaps merge two bad guys together or completely start from scratch. We want to hear your ideas!

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Guy Ritchie’s re-make of Sherlock Holmes burst onto the big screen filled with special effects and adventure, defying critics to become one of the biggest films in 2009.  If you didn’t get chance to see it on the big screen, fear not, as it will be released on Blu-ray Disc this May promising optimum picture quality and exclusive special features.

The Blu-ray Disc will boast ‘Maximum Movie Mode’, where Guy Ritchie narrates between two oversized monitors, one showing the film, the other bonus content, including concept art and behind the scene footage.

For those who do not want to sit through the entire Maximum Movie Mode, ‘Focus Points’ are provided which highlight key insights into the making of the film including Ritchie’s personal approach to recreating Victorian London, entitled ‘Drawbridges and Dollies’.

A nod to the original characters is also made in the featurette entitled ‘Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented’ which sees the cast and crew chat about Ritchie’s take on this classic story. BD-Live functionality is also included, allowing users to access content via an internet connected Blu-ray player including video images, as well as related quizzes and multi-player interactive games.

Sherlock Holmes will be released on Blu-ray Disc across Europe this May and as you can see, it will be thoroughly worth the wait.

LG launches Blu-ray Home Cinema System

Tech Watch has taken a look at the LG HB354BS, a 2.1 channel system designed for those just starting to put together a home cinema set-up.

With a Blu-ray Disc player, iPod dock, MP3 player and a media streamer all included, the LG HB354BS packs many features into a relatively small package. To complement the Blu-ray player, two HDMI inputs ensure other high definition content can be viewed, while an Ethernet socket means that interactive features and online BD-Live content can also be easily accessed.

The speakers also promise to pack a punch with a subwoofer in tow. There’s also two digital audio inputs (one optical and one coaxial) and regular analogue stereo RCA jacks.

For more information on the system, click here.

This Is It to hit Blu-ray this February

Michael Jackson’s show that never was, This Is It, will be available on Blu-ray Disc in Europe from Monday 22nd February.  With Blu-ray Disc’s superior, 7-channel sound quality, this is the best way to watch this music filled documentary and reflect on what could have been.

What’s more, the Blu-ray release of the film sees the debut of a new BD-live feature: MovieIQ Sync. This feature allows MovieIQ data to be viewed on a PC or iPhone that is synchronized with the movie. Other features on the disc include the ability to create custom playlists of the songs in the film.

Here’s the trailer:


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